What’s Happening at Netroots Nation

So are you like the rest of us “unkewl” people? Were you unable to attend Netroots Nation? That’s OK. While we can’t go directly to Austin now, we’ll be updating you here at TheLiberalOC.com throughout the weekend on what’s happening at Netroots Nation.

Here’s what’s been happening today. Apparently, there’s a very special guest over there…

Debbie Cook had lunch today with George Lakoff, Professor of cognitive linguistics at UC Berkeley. Lakoff is the founder of the Rockridge Institute and author of Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate.

Debbie Cook is at The Netroots Nation conference where she will speak as part of the “Energizing America” panel.

Wow! So our own Debbie Cook will be giving a presentation on energy at “Netroots Nation”? Fantastic! And George Lakoff’s showing interest in the 46th? Hmmm, I can hardly wait to see what happens next in Austin… 🙂

  7 comments for “What’s Happening at Netroots Nation

  1. July 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    I heart George Lakoff. I think I quoted him at a party about thirty or forty times the other day. It was at that point that I realized that I was a little drunk. He’s still a great, old crush of mine.

    We’ll be liveblogging all weekend, too. Please keep an eye out.


  2. July 17, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    What a FANTASTIC and FUN way to totally waste a candidate’s time!
    Were there CD 46 voters there at netroots who were persuaded by Debbie’s appearance?
    Did she pick up lots of campaign contributions from attendees?
    Any new volunteers who will ACTUALLY make calls for a few hours or walk a precinct?
    Or was there lots of coverage in the local media here in HB/LB?
    Someone needs to keep their eyes on the prize (here’s a hint – it isn’t in Austin).

  3. wtf?
    July 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    No, it doesn’t make any sense at all for a candidate to be spending a day in Texas talking to all the nation’s leading opinion makers and grassroots fundraisers.

    Charlie Brown, Russ Warner, Darcy Burner, and Debbie Cook, get back to your districts! And take the hundreds of thousands of small donor dollars that the netroots have raised back with you!

    Forest. Trees.

  4. July 17, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    perhaps WTF should check with Ron Shepston to see how much all that netroots support translates to actual shoes on the ground, actual voices on the phone, and actual contributions that pay for mail and result in ACTUAL votes.
    i’m guessing 9 out of 10 voters have never heard of Lakoff and don’t particularly care about his writings. and the one who has probably always votes and already has his/her mind made up.
    so save the BS about “leading opinion makers” and “grassroots fundraisers” for the amateurs that are looking for the easy road to victory.
    every waking moment that a candidate spends NOT talking to voters and NOT dialing for dollars is a moment poorly spent.
    and with 109 days to election, there are very few spare moments to traipse off on some feel-good junket to Austin.
    you can talk about forests and trees all you like, but in the end there’s only one thing that matters – VOTES.
    reality is harsh sometimes. welcome to politics. this ain’t no garden party.

  5. July 18, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Hey LC you concern troll, you don’t need to be concerned about Debbie, she and her folks have got things under control. She and her communications director will be back home from Austin tomorrow (today) and – if you’re THAT worried – Andrew and I will post all the great stories coming out and connections she made out there in two days.

    Meanwhile she just outraised Dana for the second quarter, we’ve transformed her district from solid R to leans R, she’s made the very top of the Swing State Projects list of races to watch for right-to-left change, she’s got more positive local press (and Dana more negative and embarrassing) than has been seen here in two decades… and that’s just off the top of my head from the past few weeks. If you’re need to be su`h a concerned curmudgeon, you should maybe worry about some other races. Which ones are you helping with?

    PS From Talking Points Memo earlier tonight:
    We watched the sun set over Texas Hill Country with retired Gen. Wesley Clark, in his top-floor hotel suite, and discussed Afghanistan. We met Jeff Merkley, the speaker of the Oregon House, who’s giving Republican Sen. Gordon Smith a run for his money. We were blown away by Debbie Cook, the striking and irreverent lawyer, environmental activist, and mayor of Huntington Beach who is challenging Rep. Dana “Panties on the Head” Rohrabacher in the CA-46.

    We’re at the Convention Center now, where DNC Chairman Howard Dean is about to give the keynote address…

    Hope your favorite candidate has been spending their time as productively!

  6. Bitter curmudgeons need help
    July 18, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Maybe it’s time for the loveable curmudgeon to get some help with his mental health – seriously.

    Pretty soon you’ll have fewer friends than Paul Lucas and Edgardo.

  7. July 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I’ll stand by my original opinion – flying your candidate (and now a staff member too) out to texas for a couple of days of schmoozing is a colossal waste of campaign resources.
    and wtf/bitter curmudgeons need help (one and the same) – i don’t comment here to make new pals. you can choose to like me or not. i don’t particularly care one way or the other.

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